The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is coming out soon but doesn’t have a lot of buzz, especially after the poor reception of the franchise’s recent Gollum disaster. Oddly enough, the upcoming co-op survival title will now be a temporary console exclusive on PlayStation 5 when it comes out later this year.
IGN broke the news that Return to Moria would be a temporary PS5 exclusive, launching alongside the PC version. Appropriately, the PC version is also something of an exclusive, as it will be an Epic Games Store exclusive.
Before Xbox Series fans start moping about the move, the report did confirm that an Xbox Series version is coming. For reasons unknown, the Xbox Series version will be launching in early 2024 and we don’t think that’s due to the Series S’ lack of power.
Some hardcore fans might want to wait, as the December 5 release of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is digital-only. Apparently, the plan is to release the physical version in early 2024, which is when the Xbox Series port will be released. So PS5 owners who might want a physical copy will technically get the game on the same day as Xbox Series users.
It will be interesting to see how Return to Moria does, as the game hasn’t left a great first impression. Not helping is how rights owners Embracer Group said they would be exploiting the franchise for what it’s worth.
Also not helping is the current stink surrounding Lord of the Rings right now. The Rings of Power show on Amazon is seen as high-budget fanfiction by a good amount of Tolkien fans. Gollum, the most recent game in this franchise, was also the internet’s punching bag for a good while.
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Will The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria make things better for the franchise? Fans will find out on December 5 for PS5 and PC.